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Oct. 16, 2015 –  Please pass this onto a friend!


 
"Despite a commitment to putting Conservation First, Ontario continues to underpay for conservation and overpay for nuclear projects." Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

 

The World

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich She just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. These excerpts are heart breaking. Here’s a short film of one of the stories in her book.

Child cancer rate soars after Fukushima nuclear disaster Rates of thyroid cancer are 20 to 50 times higher than average in area surrounding plant that melted down after 2011 tsunami. Video and more links here.

Biological Consequences of Nuclear Disasters: From Chernobyl to Fukushima This is the transcription and slides of the video of a lecture by Dr. Tim Mousseau, biologist and researcher. His team found that most organisms show significantly increased rates of genetic damage, deformities, reduced fertilities, shortened lifespans and other developmental abnormalities in proportion to the contamination levels, .

Anonymous insiders reveal real hacking risks to nuclear power plants Did you know there have been around 50 cyberattacks on nuclear plants? Nuclear plants are not prepared for “a large-scale cybersecurity emergency” and such an “emergency occurring at night could be particularly dangerous” according to a new report by think-tank Chatham House.

Closed Calif. nuke plant's spent fuel to be stored near ocean We’ve got a nuke waste problem with no solution in site. 

CCNR Audio-Visual Materials Videos, Audio interviews, and slideshows of Dr. Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.  Dr. Edwards is Canada’s greatest intellectual repository of all things nuclear.

Nuclear Radiation Is Good For You, and Other Tall Tales Interview with Karl Grossman on Talk Nation Radio

 

Ontario

Conservation First or Nuclear First? ON can't have it both ways. We can't say we're for ‘Conservation First’ while rebuilding 10 nuclear reactors at much higher cost. To really put Conservation First we have to pay for all efficiency measures that are lower cost than rebuilding old nuclear reactors. Read our new report: Conservation First: the next steps.

Ontario electricity operator offers money for cutting power consumption Ontario’s electricity operator is asking its customers to bid on contracts that would see them paid for cutting their power consumption at peak times in order to avoid putting strain on the system.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Solar and Wind just passed another big turning point It has never made less sense to build fossil and nuclear power plants.

Solar for All Good piece about SolarShare, Canada’s largest solar coop.

Renewable Energy & the Federal Election A summary of the information released and promises made by each of the four major parties. And here's another.

The co-benefits of community energy Jobs, tax revenue and income are what we expect. But a new study also lists the feeling of self-worth among the people involved, the acquisition of new skills, greater competence in dealing with local government, and a general increase in public willingness to be involved as citizens and politically, thereby strengthening democracy. In addition, many of these projects go up in rural areas, thereby strengthening these economically struggling communities.

Energy storage: It’s Canada’s moment Storage is the key to making renewable energy a fully competitive component of any electrical grid.

 

Take Action!

Click here to send a message to Premier Wynne and Energy Minister Chiarelli asking them to put Conservation First, not Nuclear First.

Ontario: Import safe and low-cost water power from Quebec rather than rebuild 4 nuclear reactors at Darlington Please sign our petition

Don’t Nuke the Climate Please sign the petition in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in Dec. 2015.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. Find out more here

Peace~Green~Social Justice PGS Top 40 Vote for your favourite song for peace, nuclear disarmament, environment and social justice. Nominate your song if it is not on the list. Go here to see the full list with comments and youtube links – makes for a great playlist.

 

Events

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here. Free on Wed. nights.

Science for Peace Free Weekly Public Lectures Weds. 7 - 9 pm, University of Toronto

Through Post-Atomic Eyes Oct. 23-25, Toronto. This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars to explore the complex legacy of the atomic age in contemporary art and culture. Film screening Oct. 25, 4 p.m.
 
Containment Planet in Focus Film Festival. Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. Toronto. How do you plan 10,000 years in advance? Are we adequately caring for future generations with current storage methods for radioactive waste? A visit to the nuclear ghost towns of Fukushima shows what will happen if we fail. 2 FREE tix to the first person that writes me with the answer to this question: What is OPG proposing to do with ON's nuclear waste? - angela@cleanairalliance.org
 



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